Latest news from the CEE/CIS region
Here you will find the press releases and news notes from the UNICEF Regional Office for the CEE/CIS in 2015 in chronological order, latest news on top.
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Partnerships to mainstream inclusive and child sensitive disaster risk reduction in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, 28 April 2017 – In cooperation with UNICEF, the Ministry of Education tapped into international expertise in disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DRR) provided by an international NGO Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund in Georgia (ASB).
Turkmenistan ensures sustainable investments in essential vaccines for all children
ASHGABAT, 27 April 2017 – On the occasion of the World Immunization Week, UNICEF commends the Government of Turkmenistan for maintaining high sustainable public investments in immunization.
UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines
NEW YORK, 26 April 2017 – UNICEF procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five.
Turkmenistan elected to the UNICEF Executive Board for the period 2018-2020
ASHGABAT, 25 April 2017 – United Nations Children’s Fund congratulates the Government of Turkmenistan for having been elected to the UNICEF Executive Board for the period 2018-2020 and to the Commission on Status of Women for four years.
Supporting mothers' rights to access their babies in hospitals in Bulgaria
SOFIA, 24 April 2017 - Around 6,000 women in Bulgaria are denied access to their premature new-born babies because of their ethnic group. UNICEF is working with partners there to change this and support mothers.
Two children drown making their way to Greece
ATHENS/GENEVA, 24 April 2017 – A tragic shipwreck has occurred off the island of Lesvos leading to the drowning of at least two children.
Governments must invest in immunizing the most vulnerable children
GENEVA, 24 April 2017 - “UNICEF is urging governments to invest in health systems that prioritize reaching the most vulnerable children with life-saving immunizations alongside national campaigns to address the concerning trend of vaccine hesitancy.”
More than 150 children estimated to have died taking Central Mediterranean migration route this year
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 21 April 2017 – According to UNICEF estimates, more than 150 children have died crossing the Central Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy so far this year. Yet the true number of child casualties is almost certainly higher.
UNICEF and UNHCR welcome EU policy to protect migrant and refugee children
BRUSSELS, 12 April 2017 - UNICEF and UNHCR today welcome a new policy guidance from the European Commission as an important milestone for the protection of migrant and refugee children.
Japan supports maternal health and child survival in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK/JALAL-ABAD, 12 April 2017 – To improve child and mother survival rates in conflict-prone regions of Kyrgyzstan, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health are continuing to implement a joint healthcare project funded by the Government of Japan.
Horia Tecău – The New National Ambassador of UNICEF in Romania
BUCHAREST, 11 April 2017 - World tennis champion Horia Tecău joins UNICEF Romania as new National Ambassador alongside other sports people and celebrities.
More Roma children to have access to quality education
CHISINAU, 11 April 2017 - Access to quality education of Roma children from Vulcanesti village is the goal of a project launched today by UNICEF Moldova in partnership with Youth Resource Center Dacia.
200,000 children need urgent support to overcome trauma of volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine
KYIV/GENEVA, 7 April 2017 – More than 200,000 children in the two regions most severely affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine require urgent psychosocial support to address the trauma of living through more than three years of violence.
Child Rights Award 2017: A call to broadcasters
KUALA LAMPUR/HONG KONG/BANGKOK/, 1 April 2017 - ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are calling for entries for the 17th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award from broadcasters and producers in the region.
“Join us, love football, and say NO to violence!”: UNICEF and Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan launch joint campaign
BAUKU, 27 March 2017 – UNICEF has teamed up with the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) for a joint awareness campaign addressing violence against children in society, “Join us, love football, and say NO to violence!”
UNICEF and the Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan continues cooperation in the interests of children
BISHKEK, 28 March 2017 – The Asian Cup 2019 qualification football match between Kyrgyzstan and Macau was devoted to health and survival of children following the joint initiative of the Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan and UNICEF.
UNICEF hails new Italian law to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children as model for Europe
ROME/GENEVA, 29 March 2017 - UNICEF welcomes the Italian Parliament for passing an historic law to boost support and protection for the record number of foreign unaccompanied and separated children who arrived in Italy – nearly 26,000 in 2016.
Kyrgyzstan is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in Central Asia
NEW YORK/BISHKEK, 22 March 2017 – Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UNICEF report released on World Water Day.
Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040
NEW YORK, 22 March 2017 – Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UNICEF report released on World Water Day.
Children with Down Syndrome demand their right to participation in Ukraine
Kharkiv, UKRAINE, 21 March 2017 – Every year 420 children with Down Syndrome are born in Ukraine. On World Down Syndrome Day, we meet Vika and Tymofiy, two Ukrainian children with Down Syndrome, who took part in a video workshop organized by UNICEF.
One year on after EU-Turkey statement the human cost to refugee and migrant children mounts up
GENEVA, 17 March 2017 – One year after the Balkan border closures and the EU-Turkey Statement which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation.
Hitting rock bottom: children’s suffering in Syria at its worst
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 13 March 2017 – Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, as the war reaches six years.
UNICEF in Romania and the Romanian Football Federation join efforts to support vulnerable children
BUCHAREST, 10 March 2017 - UNICEF in Romania has signed a new and one of a kind partnership with the Romanian Football Federation (RFF).
Statement on impact on children on new law in Hungary
GENEVA, 9 March 2017 – UNICEF is alarmed by the adoption of a new law in Hungary that foresees the mandatory detention of refugee and migrant children over 14 years of age.
Supporting adolescent girls' and women’s economic empowerment
GENEVA, 8 March 2017 – In celebration of International Women’s Day today, people around the world are sharing the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - as well as raising their voices to call for accelerated gender parity.
Government of Japan allocates US$11.9 million for disaster risk reduction in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, 7 March 2017 - With USD 11.9 million from the Government of Japan, Kyrgyzstan today launched three major programmes to respectively build up the country’s civil registry, increase capacity to respond to disasters, and make schools safer.
Joint press release: New European Union returns policies put children at risk
BRUSSELS, 3 March 2017 - The European Commission yesterday adopted a Recommendation and Renewed Action Plan for EU member states to consider in their procedures to return those staying irregularly in the EU to their countries of origin or transit.
Be fair - for a childhood without barriers
SKOPJE, 2 March 2017 - Today at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Skopje the campaign “Be fair. For a childhood without barriers” was launched by UNICEF, the European Union and partners.
A deadly journey for children: The migration route from North Africa to Europe
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 28 February 2017 – Refugee and migrant children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy UNICEF warned in a new report.
See Every Colour - Georgia kicks off the two-year anti-stigma campaign
TBILISI, 23 February 2017 - The nation-wide communication for social change campaign to address negative attitudes towards children with disabilities launches today.
Italy donates EUR 1 million to WFP and UNICEF for people affected by conflict in Eastern Ukraine
KYIV, 23 February 2017 – The Government of Italy has donated EUR 1 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF to assist people affected by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine in 2017.
Number of Ukrainian children needing aid nearly doubles to 1 million over the past year
KYIV/GENEVA, 17 February 2017 – As the volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, 1 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance - nearly double the number this time last year, said UNICEF.
Helping young leaders in conflict-affected communities in Azerbaijan to build resilience
Terter, AZERBAIJAN, 12 February 2017 - Working with governmental and non-governmental partners, UNICEF helps young leaders in the Terter district of Azerbaijan to build resilience in their communities affected by the conflict.
Thousands of children out of school after classrooms hit by heavy shelling in eastern Ukraine
KYIV/GENEVA, 6 February 2017 – Thousands of children have been forced out of school in eastern Ukraine due to last week’s surge in fighting.
Deadliest winter for refugee and migrant children crossing the Central Mediterranean
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 3 February 2017 – A record number of refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean over the past three months has prompted an urgent appeal from UNICEF to leaders of EU member states meeting in Malta.
Two refugees, generations apart, tell their story in new UNICEF film
NEW YORK, 3 February 2017 – A powerful new UNICEF film presenting the parallel stories of a young Syrian refugee and a World War II child refugee was released today as a stark illustration of the challenges that refugee children continue to face.
Helping a young boy with disabilities find hope and joy in Turkey
ANKARA, 2 February 2017 - Hibe Saban, 18, wants to be a doctor. Her brother Murat, 9, is her inspiration. He has down syndrome. Growing up in Aleppo, Hibe dreamed of finding ways to cure his suffering. But 3 years ago, the war in Syria dashed her hopes.
Protecting the rights of child victims and witnesses in the legal proceedings
SKOPJE, 2 February 2017 – Representatives from the Academy of Judges and Prosecutors, Ministers, social workers, judges and lawyers attended a conference focusing on protection of the rights of child victims and witnesses in the legal proceedings.
Heavy fighting in Ukraine leaves thousands of children cold, thirsty and out of school
KYIV/GENEVA, 1 February 2017 – Following intense fighting over the last two days around the town of Avdiivka, Donetsk region, more than 17,000 people – including 2,500 children – are facing freezing weather without any heating, electricity or water.
UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children caught up in conflict and other crises
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 31 January 2017 – 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched today.
UNICEF statement on child refugees
NEW YORK, 30 January 2017 – “The needs of refugees have never been greater. Worldwide 28 million children have been uprooted by conflict, driven from their homes by violence and terror. They need our help.
Joint EU-UNICEF project to help more than 6,000 refugee and migrant children in Greece
BRUSSELS/ATHENS, 25 January 2017 – A new joint action between UNICEF and the European Union will support more than 6,000 refugee and migrant children, including unaccompanied minors, across Greece.
Young refugee and migrant children at risk as extreme cold weather grips much of Europe – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 January 2017 – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses.
Over 40 per cent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey missing out on education, despite massive increase in enrolment rates - UNICEF
NEW YORK/GAZIANTEP, Turkey, 19 January 2017 – Nearly half a million Syrian refugee children are currently enrolled in schools across Turkey.
How a new app streamlines care for vulnerable families in Romania
MOINEȘTI Romania, 13 January 2017 - Social workers in Romania are now using a new tablet application called Aurora to maintain up-to-date information on the families and children with whom they work.
Mother of three in Georgia struggles to make ends meet
TBILISI, Georgia, 10 January 2016 – Mother of three Natia Tughushi counts on child benefits from the Georgian government. Children are the most vulnerable group in the country with every fifth child living under the general poverty line of US$2.50 a day.
'Early Moments Matter' for children’s brain development, UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 January 2017 – UNICEF today launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.
UNICEF representatives from across the Balkans talk to Aljazeera about 70 years of UNICEF
SARAJEVO, 22 December 2016 - Looking back at 70 years of UNICEF, representatives from across the Balkans discuss the successes and remaining challenges with Aljazeera.
Mine risk education campaign in Ukraine awarded Gold Effie 2016
KYIV, 21 December 2016 - The situation in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine poses significant humanitarian risks to children and their families. UNICEF is working on educating children about safe behaviour with mines and unexploded ordnance.
Georgian Patriarchate and UNICEF launch a new partnership for children’s rights
TBILISI, 19 December 2016 – joint advocacy for the protection of child rights in Georgia will be the main goal of the three-year partnership between the Patriarchate of Georgia and UNICEF.
UNICEF in Turkmenistan calls for partnership for every child as it celebrates UNICEF’s 70th anniversary
ASHGABAT, 16 December 2016 – At a gathering of deputy ministers, diplomats, government representatives, academia, media and NGOS, UNICEF in Turkmenistan celebrated the 70th anniversary by highlighting achievements locally and globally since its foundation
UNICEF celebrates its 70th anniversary in Azerbaijan with children and young people
BAKU, 15 December 2016 – UNICEF turned its 70th anniversary into a celebration for children in Azerbaijan, with a special concert organized by the Ministry of Youth Sport on 14 December.
Romania: Strengthening key stakeholder partnerships to advance the cause of vulnerable and marginalized children
BUCHAREST, 15 December 2016 - Strengthening key stakeholder partnerships to advance the cause of vulnerable and marginalized children - that is how UNICEF in Romania chose to celebrate 70 years of global presence, of which 25 nationally.
In Kyrgyzstan, 70th anniversary is opportunity for UNICEF outreach
BISHKEK, 15 December 2016 - A series of 70th anniversary events have drawn attention not only to UNICEF and the work it does for Kyrgyzstan’s children but also to engage and inform the public on how to improve the situation for children in the country.
UNICEF at 70 in Tajikistan - Ensuring every child has the right to good health, quality inclusive education and a protective environment.
DUSHANBE, 14 December 2016 – On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered.
UNICEF in Albania commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children
TIRANA, 14 December 2016 - Since 1992, UNICEF has joined forces with the Government and the people of Albania to transform the lives of children countrywide.
UNICEF in Serbia partnering with the media to celebrate 70 years of working for children
BELGRADE, 14 December 2016 - To commemorate UNICEF´s 70th anniversary, the Serbia Country Office, together with its top media partners, embarked on an ambitious media campaign.
Photo exhibition hosted by UNICEF Kosovo* Programme highlights 70 years of working for, and with, children
Zvecan, Kosovo*, 13 December 2016 - To mark UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, UNICEF office in Zvecan is organizing a photo exhibition that will present highlights of the organization’s work for and with children from 1946 to the present.
70th Anniversary of UNICEF’s work for children in Georgia
TBILISI, 12 December 2016 - UNICEF Georgia celebrated the organization’s 70th anniversary together with partners and children at the Tbilisi History Museum.
UNICEF in Belarus launches a week of UNICEF 70 celebrations with unique Anniversary Stamp revealed
MINSK, 12 December 2016 - Representatives of the diplomatic community, government officials, UN agencies and civil society attended event to launch a new anniversary commemorative stamp, and the opening of a UNICEF at 70 exhibition.
Ishmael Beah, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Millie Bobby Brown, Jackie Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti attend UNICEF’s 70th anniversary event and call for a fair chance for every child
NEW YORK, 12 December 2016 – UNICEF commemorated 70 years of tireless work for children today with the help of some of the organization’s best-known Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrity advocates.
EU and UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina strengthen partnership to better protect child rights
SARAJEVO, 12 December 2016 - The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have launched an important regional partnership that aims to protect children from violence and better include children with disabilities into society.
UNICEF UK response to Home Office announcement on completion of Calais children assessments
LONDON, 11 December 2016 - Statement by Mike Penrose, UNICEF UK’s Executive Director: “Bringing 750 children to safety in the UK over the last 6 weeks is a real achievement That progress is worth celebrating but we must be clear the job is not finished."
UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 11 December 2016 – On it's 70th anniversary, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews urgent call to reach millions whose lives are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.
UNICEF Turkey: “Every child deserves a childhood”
ANKARA, 10 December 2016 - As part of UNICEF's 70th anniversary celebration, four children groups took to the stage in Ankara's Sinasi theatre, singing, dancing, playing instruments and performing.
In Moldova, UNICEF’s 70th anniversary was a celebration for children, and with children
CHISINAU, 10 December 2016 - Children, high level officials, and a wide range of UNICEF partners, gathered at the Republican Palace in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, to mark UNICEF’s 70th anniversary.
70 children break out in a flash mob to mark UNICEF 70 years for every child
SKOPJE, 10 December 2016 – Today, unsuspecting shoppers were surprised when 70 children broke out into songs of hope during a flash mob to mark UNICEF’s 70th Anniversary.
Nearly a quarter of the world’s children live in conflict or disaster-stricken countries
NEW YORK, 9 December 2016 – An estimated 535 million children – nearly one in four – live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection, UNICEF said today.
Social services in Romania give a young mother a helping hand
ASĂU Romania, 8 December 2016 - Through healthcare, social protection and education community based services, the UNICEF pilot model ‘Minimum Package of Services’ aims to prevent welfare issues that affect families from ever happening.
Georgia’s children with disabilities struggle against stigmatization
TBILISI, 6 December 2016 - In Georgia, children with disabilities are met with negative attitudes and stigma. UNICEF is working with children and young adults to change widely-held misconceptions and advocate for rights for children with disabilities.
In Kyrgyzstan, becoming multilingual is child’s play
BISHKEK, 6 December 2016 - In Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz is the state language, while Russian has the status of official language. Not knowing either of these two languages puts children at a disadvantage.
New film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham highlights urgent need to end violence against children
NEW YORK, 5 December 2016 – A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released today to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.
New HIV infections among adolescents projected to rise by nearly 60 per cent by 2030 if progress stalls
NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG, 1 December 2016 – New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 annually by 2030 if progress in reaching adolescents stalls, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.
Child Rights Agencies call on EU to put refugee and migrant children first
BRUSSELS, 29 November 2016 - EU institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 agencies including Save the Children and UNICEF said today.
Children cannot wait: 7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children
29 November 2016 - 78 organisations active in the field of children’s rights strongly welcome that this year’s European Forum on the Rights of the Child focuses on protecting children in migration.
For women and girls who flee conflict: protection and opportunity!
GENEVA, 24 November 2016 - Over the past 18 months, 1.3 million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe. For women and girls particularly, that journey is one of violence and trauma.
Major child rights conference convenes over 1,000 participants in the capital of Kazakhstan
ASTANA, 23 November 2016 – A two-day international conference - “A Child Friendly Kazakhstan” - devoted to establishing a national dialogue to advance Children’s Rights took place at the landmark Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Astana, Kazakhstan.
70 photographs for 70 years devoted to children
ANKARA, 23 November - UNICEF has launched its 70th anniversary celebrations in Turkey with an inspiring photo exhibition in Ankara’s CerModern Museum on 22 November.
Georgia: Poverty rates decreased but healthcare expenditure increased, UNICEF’s new Welfare Monitoring Survey says
TBILISI, 21 November 2016 – Every fifth child lives in poverty and every sixth child lives under subsistence minimum – these are some of the findings of the UNICEF’s Welfare Monitoring Study that has been unveiled today.
Statement on Turkey's Draft Bill on sexual abuse against children
ANKARA, 21 November 2016 – “UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and UNDP in Turkey, are deeply concerned by draft Bill submitted to the Parliament which may lead to some type of amnesty for child abuse perpetrators on the condition the perpetrator marries the victim.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake statement on Universal Children’s Day: Protect the rights of every child
NEW YORK, 20 November 2016 – “Universal Children’s Day is more than a day to celebrate children everywhere. It is an annual opportunity to recommit ourselves to protecting the rights of every child.
Smart phone app launches in Montenegro to teach children about online safety
PODGORICA, 16 November 2016 - 79% of children aged 9-11 use the internet in Montenegro and they access it mostly through smartphones. Half said they do not feel safe online and do not know what to do when someone treats them in a way that they don’t like.
UNICEF makes venture capital investments in emerging market tech start-ups
NEW YORK, 15 November 2016 – UNICEF today announces its first portfolio of investments in open source technology solutions including tools that improve connectivity, real time data collection, identity technology and learning.
In earthquake-prone Kyrgyzstan, an exercise to keep children safe
BISHKEK, 15 November 2016 - Earthquakes are one of the most acute disaster risks in Kyrgyzstan. At the school named after Ch. Aitmatov, in the village of Amanbaevo, pupils are now prepared should the worst happen.
Universal Children’s Day: Two hundred world renowned writers come together for children’s rights
NEW YORK, 14 November 2016 – Over 200 prominent writers including novelists, playwrights and poets, have joined a global literary campaign this week, penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each to highlight Universal Children’s Day.
Pneumonia and diarrhoea kill 1.4 million children each year, more than all other childhood illnesses combined
MARRAKECH, Morocco, 11 November 2016 – Pneumonia and diarrhoea together kill 1.4 million children each year, the overwhelming majority of whom live in lower and middle-income countries.
Measles jab saves over 20 million young lives in 15 years, but hundreds of children still die of the disease every day
NEW YORK/ATLANTA/GENEVA, 10 November 2016 – Despite a 79 per cent worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, leading health organizations said in a report released today.
UNICEF Armenia appoints Manchester United player and Armenia national team captain as Goodwill Ambassador
YEREVAN, 9 November 2016 – UNICEF in Armenia today announced the appointment of the newest National Goodwill Ambassador, Manchester United player and Armenia National Team captain, Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Children and pregnant women among those lost at sea in latest tragedy on the Mediterranean
LAMPEDUSA, Italy, 3 November 2016 – A number of children and pregnant women were among the 240 people reported to have drowned off the coast of Libya Wednesday attempting to reach European shores.
UNICEF calls on Italian parliament to pass bill providing support for record number of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children
ROME/LAMPEDUSA, 27 October 2016 –UNICEF is calling on the Italian parliament to urgently pass an historic bill that would strengthen support and protection for the record number of unaccompanied and separated children who have arrived in Italy this year.
Community kindergartens address preschool education gap in Kyrgyzstan
BATKEN/KARAKOL, Kyrgyzstan, 26 October 2016 – In Kyrgyzstan, only one in five children aged 3-5 have access to preschool education. A new initiative for community-based kindergartens is helping rural communities invest in their children’s futures.
Increasing immunization coverage is priority for Ukrainian Government – Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine
KYIV, 24 October 2016 – Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko, representatives of the Ukrainian Government and the Presidential Administration have expressed their commitment to restore the routine immunization programme in Ukraine.
UNICEF and H&M launch an interactive digital brain development tool for young children
NEW YORK, 24 October 2016 – A digital tool created by the H&M Foundation and UNICEF that interactively shows how games and play stimulate brain development during early childhood launches today.
Statement: UNICEF calls on European Council to address plight of refugee and migrant children
BRUSSELS, 20 October 2016 - “This week’s meeting of the European Council in Brussels is a perfect opportunity for Europe to begin putting in place specific and measurable actions to address the needs of vulnerable refugee and migrant children.
Supply of children’s five-in-one vaccine secured
GENEVA, 19 October 2016 – Breakthrough prices have been achieved with six vaccine suppliers who offered to price pentavalent vaccine at an 84 cents a dose average – half the price that the UN children’s agency currently pays.
Record numbers of unaccompanied children arrive in Italy
ROME/GENEVA, 18 October 2016 – Three newborn babies, two born on Italian Coastguard boats in the Central Mediterranean and one at port, are among the newest arrivals of refugee and migrant children in Italy, as numbers of children hit record levels.
Five in six children under two not getting enough nutrition for growth and brain development
NEW YORK, 14 October 2016 – Five in six children under two years old are not fed enough nutritious food for their age, depriving them of the energy and nutrients they need at the most critical time in their physical and cognitive development.
Kyrgyzstan: school children improve their preparedness to emergencies using an online course
BISHKEK, 13 October 2016 – The Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNICEF present online course on safety for school children on the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction, celebrated globally on 13 October.
UNICEF calls for greater attention to the plight of unaccompanied children on the move through Southeast Europe
ZAGREB/GENEVA, 13 October 2016 – Hundreds of unaccompanied children are still on the move through Southeast Europe despite official border closures, yet little is known of their fate, says UNICEF.
Kyrgyz children join the World’s Largest Lesson
BISHKEK, 13 October 2016 - Conducting the World’s Largest Lesson has become a tradition in Kyrgyzstan. This year, it was organized by the UN agencies, including UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science.
Statement by Marie Pierre Poirier, Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant crisis in Europe on the situation for children in Calais
GENEVA, 12 October 2016 – The commitment by the UK and France to find urgent solutions for all the hundreds of refugee and migrant children languishing in Calais for months, could not come a minute too soon.
Football match Kyrgyzstan - Turkmenistan devoted to the celebration of the International Day of Girls
BISHKEK, 11 October 2016 – UNICEF, jointly with the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic, dedicate friendly match between the national football teams of Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan to the International Day of the Girl celebrated globally today.
UNICEF in Turkmenistan calls for empowering girls to grow, learn and thrive
ASHGABAT, 10 October 2016 – On the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated annually on 11 October, UNICEF in Turkmenistan calls everyone to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Girls spend 160 million more hours than boys doing household chores everyday
NEW YORK, 7 October 2016 – Girls between 5-14 years old spend 40% more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF.
Turkmenistan leads in addressing micronutrient deficiencies among children and women
ASHGABAT, 5 October 2016 – UNICEF assists the Government in sustaining and monitoring the nationally funded flour fortification programme. Flour fortified with iron and folic acid contributes to improved public health, esp. for women and children.
Investing in early childhood development essential to helping more children and communities thrive, new Lancet Series finds
WASHINGTON, 4 October 2016 – An estimated 43 percent - 249 million - of children under five in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting.
Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty, says joint World Bank Group and UNICEF study
NEW YORK, 3 October 2016 – Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF.
Renewed partnership between the Russian Federation and UNICEF to contribute to improving the health of children in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 21 September 2016 - Nearly 40,000 girls and boys under 5 years of age, their families and communities will directly benefit from new investment from the Government of the Russian Federation.
UNICEF statement on the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants
NEW YORK, 19 September 2016 – "The New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants represents a first step in addressing the unprecedented level of human mobility the world is facing.
UNICEF calls for an increase in education spending as new report reveals global crisis in learning
NEW YORK, 18 September 2016 – More than two-thirds of schoolchildren in low-income countries will not learn basic primary level skills in 2030 despite an ambitious goal to get every child in school and learning.
World leaders must invest in better data on children
NEW YORK, 14 September 2016 - UNICEF is calling on world leaders to invest in better data on children, warning in a new analysis that sufficient data is available only for half of the child-related Sustainable Development Goals indicators.
Nearly 50 million children “uprooted” worldwide – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 7 September 2016 - Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted - 28 million of them driven from their homes by conflicts not of their making, and millions more migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life.
UNICEF and Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan join efforts to promote children’s rights
BISHKEK, 6 September 2016 – Today, a friendly football match between the national teams of Kyrgyzstan and Philippines takes place devoted to the rights of children with disabilities.
Half a million children have risked exploitation as refugee and migrant crisis turns into big business for smugglers
GENEVA, 2 September 2016 — New figures reveal that around half a million refugee and migrant children on the move are believed to have turned to smugglers since January 2015, as delays and desperation drive them into the hands of criminals.
UNICEF in Turkmenistan welcomes CRPD General Comment on inclusive education
ASHGABAT, 1 September 2016 – UNICEF in Turkmenistan welcomes adoption of the General Comment 4 on the right to inclusive education under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
In 10 countries with highest out-of-school rates, 40 per cent of children are not accessing basic education
NEW YORK, 1 September 2016 –In the top 10 countries with the highest rates of children missing out on primary education, nearly 2 in every 5 children – 18 million - are out of school, UNICEF said today.
Refugee and migrant children stuck in Greece face double crisis
ATHENS/GENEVA, 26 August 2016 – With the sudden increase of arrivals, hundreds more refugee and migrant children are becoming stranded in Greece with critical needs such as education and protection, says UNICEF.
Statement on Turkish Constitutional Court’s Ruling on Penal Code Provisions on Sexual Abuse of Children
GENEVA, 23 August 2016 – UNICEF has been carefully following the recent Turkish Constitutional Court’s (TCC) ruling related to the criminal code provisions on the sexual abuse of children.
Statement on the terrorist attack in Gaziantep, Turkey
ANKARA, 22 August 2016 – UNICEF strongly condemns the killing of at least 54 people, including 29 children, during a wedding party in Gaziantep, Turkey.
European Union and UNICEF scale up child protection and winter support for refugee children in Turkey
ANKARA, 15 August 2016 – The European Commission has committed €8 million to enable UNICEF to scale up its humanitarian response for refugees in Turkey. The action aims to directly reach more than 140,000 children and adolescents.
Two-thirds of young people in more than 18 countries say they have been victims of bullying
NEW YORK, 12 August 2016 - More than nine out of 10 young people believe bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities, and two-thirds say they have experienced bullying first hand - a new poll conducted by UNICEF and their partners shows.
Kindergartens without borders – where communities gather in Serbia
BELGRADE, 10 August 2016 - The importance of early childhood development and accessibility of kindergartens focusing on underdeveloped and rural areas in Serbia.
EU and UNICEF widen partnership to better protect child rights in South-East Europe
GENEVA/ BRUSSELS, 4 August 2016 – The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have broadened an important regional partnership that aims to protect children from violence and better include children with disabilities into society.
Fans of the Olympic and Paralympic Games urged to help protect children
BRASILIA/NEW YORK, 3 August 2016 – UNICEF today launches a global sports initiative to engage people in its work for children. Sports enthusiasts can get involved in the Olympic and Paralympic action by signing up to Team UNICEF Get Active for Children.
Children in Turkmenistan will participate in monitoring their rights
ASHGABAT, 1 August 2016 – A group of Turkmenistan children, including children with disabilities, from all parts of the country mastered their participatory skills to express view and opinions about decisions that affect their lives.
77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life
NEW YORK, 29 July 2016 – Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protect them from disease and death.
Outreach teams bring hope to the most vulnerable in Turkey
IZMIR, Turkey, 27 July 2016 – Baraha is a 17 year old Syrian refugee. He is one of three siblings, all of whom were born with severe mental and physical disabilities. They, and countless other refugee children, have long lived invisibly in Turkey.
UNICEF and Government start a campaign on Violence Against Children
PODGORICA, 27 July 2016 – Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanović and UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks announced today the beginning of a new, national campaign on violence against children.
Cash assistance - helping put a smile back on the faces of Syrian refugees in Turkey
IZMIR, Turkey, 27 July 2016 - All smiles are invaluable, but some are to be especially cherished. Like the one blossoming on 8 year old Mahmoud’s face – proof of increased control over his expressions, and a sign that he is recovering.
Cash assitance for starting a new life in Turkey
IZMIR, Turkey, 26 July 2016 – His eyes beaming with pride, Osman tells us his children are doing very well at school even though the family had to start a new life far from home. “They all passed with high honours last semester!” he exclaims cheerfully.
Cash assistance to let talent speak up in Turkey
ANKARA, 25 July 2016 – UNICEF’s Child Protection Support Centre in Ankara’s Altındağ neighbourhood is often the scene of drum beats and melodies with a merry pace.
Nune Mangasaryan, UNICEF Representative to Moldova, emphasized the importance of quality healthcare for all children
DNESTROVSK, Moldova, 20 July 2016 - Over 20 thousand inhabitants of the city Dnestrovsk now have access to a renovated clinic with trained medical staff and equipped in accordance with modern standards and practices.
HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents
DURBAN, South Africa, 18 July 2016 – On the eve of the 21st International AIDS Conference, UNICEF warns despite remarkable global progress in tackling HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to protect children/adolescents from infection, sickness and death.
Global leaders and youth advocates launch new partnership and fund to end violence against children everywhere
NEW YORK, 12 July 2016 – Today at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility.
Turkmenistan paves the way to strengthen quality pre-school education
ASHGABAT, 11 July 2016 – Turkmenistan’s Government works to align preschool education programmes with international quality standards by focusing on creating safe, nurturing environments that promotes physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
Youth resource centres to focus on needs of the most vulnerable adolescents and youth in Kazakhstan’s Kyzylorda Region
KYZYLORDA, Kazakhstan, 1 July 2016 – The Akimat (Administration) of Kyzylorda, jointly with UNICEF, has launched an initiative to enhance the professional skills of staff at youth resource centres and to focus on the most vulnerable youth and adolescents.
Governments urged to make the right choices now to reverse fate of the most vulnerable children
GENEVA, 28 June 2016 — Children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are paying the price for uneven and unfair progress across the region – they are more likely to be poor and more vulnerable than adults.
Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children
NEW YORK, 28 June 2016 – Based on current trends, 69m children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167m children will live in poverty, and 750m women will be child brides by 2030, unless the world focuses on the most disadvantaged children
State bodies and civil sector unite efforts to address needs of most vulnerable children in Kazakhstan
ASTANA, 25 June 2016 – A first-of-its-kind video conference “A Child Friendly Kazakhstan” was held under the aegis of the Child Rights Ombudsman to unite efforts of state bodies, civil society and international agencies in addressing child rights issues.
Justice for All – the path to an effective and accessible justice system in Georgia
TBILISI, 24 June 2016 - Ensuring access to justice for all and establishing an effective justice system for children in Georgia – these are the main objectives of the project that has recently been launched with the financial support from the EU.
Turkmenistan adopts a policy on developmental paediatrics and early intervention services for children
ASHGABAT, 21 June 2016 – The Government of Turkmenistan adopted the national conceptual framework for developmental paediatrics and early intervention system.
Turkmenistan adopts a new policy on strengthening quality of education
ASHGABAT, 15 June 2016 – The Government of Turkmenistan adopted the policy to ensure quality education and learning environment. The quality education policy was developed by the Ministry of Education with technical support from UNICEF’s.
UNICEF reports on the dangers facing unaccompanied adolescent refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe
GENEVA, 14 June 2016 – More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them.
Turkmenistan builds momentum to strengthen safety and early warning systems to ensure children’s resilience to emergencies
ASHGABAT, 13 June 2016 – The Government of Turkmenistan reinforced its commitment to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 global sustainable development agenda.
Syrian children should be at school not at work
ANKARA, 11 June 2016 - On the eve of the World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June, UNICEF expressed deep concern about the numbers of Syrian children who are engaged in child labour in Turkey.
WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Armenia, Belarus and the Republic of Moldova
GENEVA, 8 June 2016 -UN agencies congratulate Belarus for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis and Armenia and the Republic of Moldova for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, respectively.
Eighty per cent of 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of online sexual abuse – UNICEF/Ipsos global poll
NEW YORK, 7 June 2016 – Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, and over half think friends participate in risky behaviours while using the internet, a new UNICEF study shows.
UNICEF calls for Turkmenistan to invest in more effective social protection for children
ASHGABAT, 3 June 2016 – Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Regional Report launched today by UNICEF and the Government of
Turning Lives Around: Child victims will now benefit from a safe haven with support from UNICEF Moldova
CHISINAU, 2 June 2016 - By creating appropriate conditions for the rehabilitation of child victims, the new wing designed for children within the shelter for victims of trafficking will fill a gap in the child protection system.
UNICEF receives go-ahead to scale up its response to the migrant crisis in Greece
ATHENS/GENEVA, 31 May 2016 - Amid mounting concern over a fresh surge in the number of refugees and migrants bound for Europe, UNICEF is adjusting its strategy in support of the response by the authorities and civil society in Greece.
EU and UNICEF renews partnership to protect children from disasters in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus
ALMATY/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 31 MAY 2016 – UNICEF and the EU renew partnership to support governments’ efforts to strengthen disaster risk reduction in six countries in Central Asia and South Caucasus and include children as an integral part of their efforts.
UNICEF alarmed at refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 29 May 2015 – UNICEF expresses alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors.
UNICEF Regional Director and Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri visit Greece amid ongoing refugee and migrant crisis
Geneva/Athens, 25 May 2016 - The impact of the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will be the focus of a visit to Greece this week by Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director and Ms Nana Mouskouri, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
New fund launches to address global education crisis
ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – Global and national organisations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.
Four schools or hospitals attacked or occupied every day
NEW YORK, 19 May 2016 – An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day – according to UNICEF analysis released ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.
‘#EmergencyLessons’ campaign highlights importance of education for children in conflict and disaster zones
BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 16 May 2016 – The European Union and UNICEF today launched #EmergencyLessons, a new campaign to highlight the importance of education for children affected by emergencies.
Laws to protect breastfeeding inadequate in most countries
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 May 2016 – A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals the status of national laws to protect and promote breastfeeding.
All maternity wards in Croatia designated baby-friendly
ZAGREB, 9 May 2016 — The biggest maternity ward in Croatia (University Hospital Centre Zagreb) has attained Baby-Friendly designation to join 30 other maternity wards already certified for their excellence in maternity care and support to breastfeeding.
Unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in urgent need of protection, warns UNICEF
GENEVA, 6 May 2016 – UNICEF today called for urgent measures to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe – who are at serious risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation and whose number reached a record of more than 95,000 last year.
Revision of EU asylum procedures should provide better protection for children caught up in Europe’s migration and refugee crisis
BRUSSELS, 4 May 2016 - As the European Union prepares for critical talks on the rules governing applications from people seeking protection in Europe, UNICEF has called for the interests and rights of children to be given greater priority.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visits conflict-hit Ukraine to highlight the importance of education in emergencies
NEW YORK/ KYIV 4 May 2016 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom travelled to conflict-hit eastern Ukraine to raise awareness of the global education crisis facing children in humanitarian emergencies.
Representatives of 18 countries start a joint Executive Boards visit to Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, 2 May 2016 - Delegates from the Executive Boards of UNICEF, UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UN Women and WFP start today their first Joint Field Visit to Kyr-gyzstan. The members of the delegation represent 18 countries’ permanent missions to the UN.
Turkmenistan integrates disaster risk reduction in educational curriculum
ASHGABAT, 29 April 2016 – Starting this year, Turkmenistan plans to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) in teacher training institutions to increase resilience of children, families and communities to natural and man-made calamities.
Turkmenistan raises capacity of specialists on early childhood development
ASHGABAT, 28 April 2016 – A new programme of cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan for 2016-2020 focuses on the rights of young children and children with disabilities to survive, develop, be protected and participate.
Two-thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 April 2016 – Almost two-thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, UNICEF said ahead of World Immunization Week.
Invest in better social protection for the most disadvantaged children
GENEVA, 20 April 2016 — Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.
Child Rights Award 2016: A call to broadcasters
KUALA LUMPAR/HONG KONG/BANGKOK, 15 April 2016 - The 2016 Child Rights Award for TV broadcasters and producers in Asia is now open for entries. This prestigious award, which is a partnership between the ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF, is now in its 16th year.
World Bank Group and UNICEF urge greater investment in early childhood development
WASHINGTON, 14 April 2016 – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today jointly urged global and national leaders to step up and accelerate action and investments in nutrition and early childhood development.
The Government of Japan and UNIQLO provide assistance to refugee children and families in Serbia
BELGRADE, 7 April 2016 – The Japanese company UNIQLO, as UNICEF’s global partner, has provided a total of 6,500 pieces of clothing to help refugee and migrant children in Serbia, some of which were distributed during the winter months.
"This crisis is complex and multifaceted – for UNICEF it is first and foremost a crisis for children"
SOFIA, 5 April 2016 - Speech by Marie-Pierre Poirier - Regional Director , CEE/CIS. "The new strategy on child rights by the Council of Europe could not come about at a more opportune moment..."
Introduction of early intervention services in Turkmenistan to ensure optimal development of children
ASHGABAT, 1 April 2016 – “Children are our future and early childhood development is their future,” said Professor Ilgi Ertem, the world renowned expert in developmental paediatrics from Ankara University visiting Turkmenistan this week.
It takes a child to raise a country - call to vote for children in Serbia
BELGRADE, 29 March 2016 - UNICEF in Serbia appeals to all political parties participating in the 2016 elections to integrate key child rights issues into their party programmes.
True stories of refugee and migrant children inspire UNICEF to launch #actofhumanity global initiative
NEW YORK, 29 March 2016: UNICEF today launches a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children and young people on the move globally.
The Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF sign new Country Programme Action Plan for 2016-2020
ASHGABAT, 23 March 2016 — Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Mr. Rashid Meredov, and UNICEF Rep in Turkmenistan, Ms. Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov signed the Country Programme Action Plan 2016-2020.
87 million children under 7 have known nothing but conflict
NEW YORK, 24 March 2016 – More than 86.7 million children under the age of 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, UNICEF said today.
New EU-Turkey agreement on refugee and migrants could leave children at risk
GENEVA, 22 March 2016 – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.
UNICEF urges EU leaders and Turkey to find common ground for refugee and migrant children
GENEVA, 18 March 2016 – With the lives of more than 20,000 children in Greece and the Balkans on hold, UNICEF urges EU and Turkey to find common ground for refugee children when reaching an agreement that could have serious consequences for them.
The Duchess of Cornwall visits UNICEF in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 18 March 2016 - Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall today visited Montenegro to see how UNICEF is using a new digital application to help children stay safe on the internet and protect themselves from online sexual exploitation.
EU supports education in emergencies for conflict-affected children and youth in Ukraine
KIEV/BRUSSELS, 17 March 2016 – Today, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides has visited one of the EU Children of Peace projects in Ukraine in a school in Konstantinovska.
The Duchess of Cornwall visits vulnerable families in Serbia with Unicef
BELGRADE, 16 March 2016 - Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall travelled with Unicef today to visit a centre in Belgrade, Serbia, which is supporting vulnerable children and their families.
1 in 3 Syrian children has grown up knowing only crisis as conflict reaches 5 year point
AMMAN/NEW YORK, 14 March 2016 - An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report.
Renewed investment for children to prevent and manage child illnesses in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 9 March 2016 – Today, the Embassy of Japan in Tajikistan hosted the signing ceremony of an agreement investing over US$ 5.3 million for the health of children of Tajikistan.
UNICEF statement in response to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey
GENEVA, 8 March 2016 - With regard to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey, UNICEF reiterates that in the implementation of such decisions the fundamental humanitarian principle of ‘do no harm’ must guide authorities.
Child refugees and migrants suffer most by border restrictions, says UNICEF
GENEVA, 1 March 2016 – The dire situation unfolding at border points along the Balkan land route, especially in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, has left thousands of children stranded, distressed and at risk of poor health and abuse.
UNHCR, UNICEF launch Blue Dot hubs to boost protection for children and families on the move across Europe
GENEVA, 26 February, 2016 – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF set up special support centres for children and families along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.
With growing numbers of child deaths at sea, UN agencies call for enhancing safety for refugees and migrants
GENEVA, 19 February 2016 – An average of two children have drowned every day since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number of child deaths is growing said IOM, UNHCR, and UNICEF.
Two years on, Ukraine conflict affects over half a million children
GENEVA/ NEW YORK/KYIV, 19 February 2016 – The conflict in Ukraine has deeply affected the lives of 580,000 children living in non-government controlled areas and close to the front line in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.
More children and women seek safety in Europe: UNICEF
Geneva, 2 February 2016 – For the first time since the start of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, there are more children and women on the move than adult males, says UNICEF.
UNICEF launches US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children
GENEVA, 26 January 2016 – UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.
Third round of polio vaccination begins
KYIV, 22 January 2016 – With an EU donation of 900 thousand Euro, UNICEF has procured 4.5 million new Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV), to kick start the third round of polio vaccination in Ukraine.
Over 120 humanitarian organizations and UN agencies urge public to join them in speaking out to end suffering in Syria
NEW YORK, 21 January 2016 - More than 120 humanitarian organizations and UN agencies issued a powerful joint appeal today, urging people to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians.
UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director visits Serbia
BELGRADE, 20 January 2016 - UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Yoka Brandt, started her three-day visit to Serbia to see the situation for refugee and migrant children and their families and to meet with representatives of the Government of Serbia.
Winter: UNICEF Expresses Concern Over the Health of Children on the Move
Geneva, 19 January 2016 – Children arriving into a harsh winter in southeastern Europe are physically exhausted, scared, distressed and often in need of medical assistance, UNICEF warned.
One in four children in conflict zones are out of school
NEW YORK, 12 January 2016 – In 22 countries affected by conflict, nearly 24 million children living in crisis zones are out of school, UNICEF said today.
The Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF start a new programme of cooperation for 2016-2020
ASHGABAT, 23 December 2015 — At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan today, the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF have paved the way for the new programme of cooperation for 2016-2020.
Child-friendly space in the Serbian town of Adasevci opens for children and mothers with babies
Adasevci, Serbia, 22 December 2015 – A place for feeding and changing the babies, clothing and shoes, stuffed animals, colouring books and crayons are just some of the items that the child-friendly space offers to children and mothers with babies.
On the Day of International Migration, UNICEF says children need urgent solutions, solidarity
GENEVA, 18 December 2015 – Statement by Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Special Coordinator, Refugee and Migrant crisis in Europe - “The year, 2015, will be remembered for the heart-breaking image of a lifeless little boy on a beach..."
UNICEF-patroness Daniela Schadt honors photographer Georgi Licovski from the Former
Berlin, 17 December 2015 - The winning entry to the international competition “UNICEF Photo of the year 2015” shows the utter despair of refugee children at the Greek-Macedonian border.
More than 16 million babies born into conflict this year
NEW YORK, 17 December 2015 – More than 16 million babies were born in conflict zones in 2015 – 1 in 8 of all births worldwide this year – UNICEF said today, a figure that underscores the vulnerability faced by increasing numbers of children.
United Nations delivers 634 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Luhansk today
KYIV, 14 December 2015 – The UN delivered 634 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Luhansk today. Led by the Logistics Cluster, the convoy includes food, medicines and trauma kits, antiretroviral treatment and test systems procured by UNICEF, WFP and WHO.
Government of Germany and UNICEF join forces for refugee and migrant children in Germany
BERLIN, Germany, 14 December 2015 – With more than 300,000 refugee and migrant children having entered Germany this year, UNICEF and the Government of Germany today announced a new partnership aimed at improving their care and protection.
Saying “children will, and should, judge us,” UNICEF calls for ambitious action on climate change
PARIS, 10 December 2015 – Children are already paying a heavy price for the world’s inaction on climate change, UNICEF said.
On Human Rights Day, UNICEF encourages Turkmenistan youth to promote child rights
ASHGABAT, 10 December 2015 — On Human Rights Day, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for CEE/CIS, David McLoughlin, encouraged Turkmenistan’s youth to promote children and youth rights as agents of change, and contribute to realizing the SDGs in Turkmenistan
Polio Outbreak in Ukraine - Children Have the Right to be Protected
KYIV, 8 December 2015 – A week into the second of three rounds of polio vaccination in Ukraine, WHO and UNICEF are calling on parents, health workers and opinion leaders to step up efforts to protect Ukrainian children through vaccination.
UNICEF urges greater investment in the youngest and most vulnerable children as Executive Director Anthony Lake ends official visit to Bulgaria
SOFIA, 4 December 2015 – At the conclusion of a three-day visit to Bulgaria, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake commended the government’s commitment to children.
Paralympic Movement in Azerbaijan: big victories of small heroes
BAKU, 1 December 2015 - Two years ago, a terrible tragedy happened in Azerbaijan – as a result of staff negligence the pool pump system in one of the water parks tore both feet of two years old boy, where his family was vacationing last summer.
Harsh weather, border restrictions – New blow to children on the move
GENEVA, 1 December 2015 – Unpredictable border restrictions and harsh weather are compounding the hardships and challenges for refugee and migrant children and women who now account for more than half of all arrivals by sea.
Ukraine starts second round of polio vaccination campaign
KYIV, 30 November 2015 – The Ministry of Health of Ukraine announced the start of the second round of a polio vaccination campaign to protect children against paralysis in the country with UNICEF and WHO support.
Legal and judicial system of Azerbaijan becomes more child-friendly
BAKU, 30 November 2015 - When making a misdeed or even committing a minor offence, a teenager falls under jurisdiction of a judicial system, which in post-Soviet countries is not responding well to child nature.
Adolescent deaths from AIDS tripled since 2000
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK, 27 November 2015 – The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, according to new data released today by UNICEF. New data also says most babies are untested.
Joint action necessary to protect children on the Internet
BELGRADE, 26 November 2015 – Achievements in the fight against online neglect, violence, abuse and exploitation of children, focusing on online child sexual exploitation, were presented at the Child Online Protection Conference.
Turkmenistan’s President reinforces commitment to children’s wellbeing
ASHGABAT, 24 November 2015 — President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov discussed strategic partnership between the Government and UNICEF.
Ukrainian youth presented joint online petition to the President on equity for every child
KYIV, 23 November 2015 – In the eve of Universal Children's Day young people developed online petition to the President of Ukraine during #FightUnfair for #EveryChild Youth Forum. 100 young leaders aged 16-24 from all over Ukraine attended the event.
UNICEF and LEGO Foundation teach to play with conflict-affected children
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, 20-21 November 2015 - LEGO Foundation together with UNICEF organized training for teachers and psychologists who work with conflict affected children in schools and kindergartens of Kramatorsk, Donetsk oblast.
Social Inclusion in Ukraine: low level of acceptance of the most vulnerable children
KYIV, 20 November 2015 – Today, EU Delegation in Ukraine in cooperation with UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and National Assembly of People of Disabilities presented the project #ThisAbility which aimed at addressing issues of social inclusion in Ukraine.
Joint UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF statement on new border restrictions in the Balkans
GENEVA, 20 November 2015 — In the last couple of days, we have witnessed Governments instituting a range of restrictions against movements of refugees and migrants from Greece through the Western Balkans and further northwards.
Universal Children's Day: Give children on the move a fair chance
GENEVA, 20 November 2015 – Nearly 14 million children and adolescents in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan face war, conflict and injustices every day, fuelling the current refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.
Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition
NEW YORK, 19 November 2015 – Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition.
Children of Peace initiative: EU provides € 800,000 to support education for children in eastern Ukraine
BRUSSELS/KYIV, 18 November 2015 – The EU and UNICEF have started the ‘Children of Peace’ flagship project in Ukraine to provide education and psychosocial support to conflict-affected children in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia
Tech companies and governments pledge to protect millions of children from sexual exploitation online
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 17 November, 2015 – Leading technology companies, governments and international organizations have committed to protecting millions of children from online sexual exploitation.
UNICEF: Major spike in number of refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe
GENEVA, 13 November 2015 – With record numbers of child refugees and migrants – 700 a day seeking asylum in Europe – UNICEF has identified five groups of vulnerable children and is mobilizing tailored actions to meet their needs.
Cold threatens some 700,000 children in eastern Ukraine this winter
GENEVA/KYIV, 13 November 2015 – The lives of some 700,000 children and the wider population are at risk if repairs to the water network in Ukraine’s conflict-affected regions are not urgently made, warns UNICEF.
EU grants €2 million to UNICEF to meet urgent needs of child refugees and migrants on the move in the Western Balkans
SKOPJE /BELGRADE/ BRUSSELS/ GENEVA, 11 November 2015 — The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has granted €2 million to UNICEF for children on the move in the Western Balkans.
Armenian delegation discusses diaspora engagement strategies for children and local development in Ireland
YEREVAN, 30 October 2015 - UNICEF organized a study trip to Ireland for 14 representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations with the purpose of examining Ireland’s unique hybrid public-private partnership model of diaspora engagement.
"Preschool for All" Campaign raises preschool enrolment rates
PODGORICA, 28 October 2015 - Aware of the exceptional importance of preschool education for early childhood development, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education launched the campaign "Preschool for All" in five municipalities in the north of Montenegro.
Qualified teachers and books are our rights
B Ghafurov, Tajikistan, 13 October 2015 - Group discussion take place on the Importance of Quality and Inclusive Education to support the World’s Largest Lesson aiming to teach students about the new Sustainable Development Goals.
New equipment for more efficient work of Roma health mediators
BELGRADE, 23 October 2015 - Seventy-five Roma Health Mediators received new equipment and additional training, as part of the "Connecting" project, implemented by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, UNICEF and Telenor.
World Polio Day: Fewer children than ever with polio
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 October 2015 – Never before in the history of polio have so few children in so few countries contracted the crippling virus – but we cannot rest until the number of cases is zero, UNICEF said on the eve of World Polio Day.
Ukraine launches polio vaccination campaign to protect children from paralysis
KYIV, 22 October 2015 – UNICEF and WHO welcome the beginning of immunization activities to stop a polio outbreak in Ukraine, as a nationwide polio vaccination commences in the country to reach over 4.7 million children.
Ethical Reporting on Children and Self-Regulation Mechanisms – Memorandum of Understanding with Broadcasters
TBILISI, 14 October 2015 - Georgian national and regional TV companies have joined a special agreement aimed at activating self-regulation mechanisms in relation to children’s issues.
UNICEF and WHO ready to support immediate polio vaccination campaign in Ukraine
KYIV/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 9 October 2015 – Six weeks after the polio outbreak in Ukraine, UNICEF and WHO have stepped up calls for an immediate first round of nationwide polio vaccination.
Child refugees and migrants are children first
Gevgelija, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 6 October 2015 - Jasamin (3) from Afghanistan is one of the tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children on the move to Europe.
Boset’s story: One child’s journey of survival and hope
BELGRADE, September 2015 - When he woke up that morning, six-year old Boset did what he had been doing for the previous few weeks. He came out of the tent, stretched and sought a place where he could be alone with his thoughts.
British actor Nicholas Lyndhurst promotes foster care in Montenegro
PODGORICA/Bijelo/Polje/Berane, 28-29 September 2015 - British actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, famous for his role as Rodney Trotter in BBC’s TV series “Only Fools and Horses”, visited Montenegro to promotes foster care.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets refugee and migrant children on the move in Serbia
BELGRADE/GENEVA, 30 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has completed his two-day visit to Serbia to meet refugee and migrant children moving into Europe in the hope of finding a place of safety.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom calls for greater protection for refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe
Gevgelija/GENEVA, 29 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children as they continue their journeys to seek safety in Europe.
UNICEF launches new appeal to support refugee and migrant children in Europe
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 – UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to assist refugee and migrant children in Europe, following an 80 per cent increase in the number of children on the move into the continent.
UNICEF response to EU summit on refugee and migrant crisis
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 23 September 2015 – "UNICEF welcomes the recognition by the EU that the best interests of children are paramount in their relocation within the EU.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic visits refugee and migrant children in Serbia
BELGRADE, 23 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic visited a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Belgrade and met some of the refugee and migrant children who are passing through the Republic of Serbia.
Child-Friendly Space and Breastfeeding Room for Children and Mothers on the Move Opened in Belgrade
BELGRADE, 22 September 2015 - The Government of Serbia, City of Belgrade and UNICEF prioritise the needs and protection of refugee and migrant children.
UNICEF ramps up mobile response for child refugees and migrants in Croatia, as numbers climb
ZAGREB/GENEVA, 22 September 2015 – UNICEF has established two mobile units of child protection and welfare experts in Croatia, as an estimated 10,000 women and child refugees and migrants have entered the country in the past week alone.
UNICEF and WFP to reach thousands of Syrians in Turkey with new support from the European Union Trust Fund for the Syria Crisis
ANKARA, 14 September 2015 – An inauguration ceremony was held today to mark the contribution of €17.5 million in humanitarian assistance to UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme through the newly established EU Madad Fund.
UNICEF urges European leaders to quickly turn new commitments for refugees and migrants into action for children
NEW YORK, 11 September 2015 - UNICEF welcomes increasing commitments by European leaders to support refugees and migrants – commitments that should now trigger urgent action by all EU Member States to fully protect children.
Child refugee crisis in Europe will only grow if humanitarian needs in Syria and the region are not met
NEW YORK, 10 September 2015 – The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will only worsen if greater efforts are not made to end the protracted conflict in Syria and address the humanitarian needs of the millions affected by the violence, says UNICEF today.
Resource Centres for parents on care and nutrition open in Kazakhstan’s western Mangistau Region
Aktau, Kazakhstan, 9 September 2015 – Two Resource Centres to support parents on better care and nutrition of infants were opened in Munayly and Zhanaozen (both located in the Province of Mangistau, in western Kazakhstan).
Rising numbers of women and children pass through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia to seek refuge in Europe - UNICEF
SKOPJE/BELGRADE/GENEVA, 8 September 2015 – Women and children seeking refuge in Europe continue to pass through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia in growing numbers.
UNICEF and LEGO Foundation provide conflict-affected children a chance to play and learn
KYIV, 7 September 2015 – Today, UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation launched a local initiative to provide conflict-affected children in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine with high quality play materials to continue their development and learning.
United action needed now for child refugees: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 September 2015 – Europe has a brief window of opportunity, before winter approaches, to protect and care for the tens of thousands of children seeking refuge, UNICEF said today.
Amina attends preschool for the first time in the flood affected region in Rasht, Tajikistan
Rasht, Tajikistan, September 5, 2015 – Amina, 6, along with her younger brother Muhammadjon, who is around 4, are playing with other classmates in one of the temporary Child-Friendly Spaces, that provide early childhood education opportunities.
UNICEF and WHO call for urgent action to stop spread of polio virus in Ukraine
KYIV, 4 September 2015 – UNICEF and WHO call on parents in Ukraine to vaccinate their children, as efforts are urgently underway to distribute vaccines to all areas of the country, following a confirmed polio outbreak. Polio is an infectious disease that
Number of women and children passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to seek refuge in Europe triples in three months
GENEVA/SKOPJE, 1 September 2015 – The number of women and children fleeing violence in countries of origin and passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, UNICEF said today.
New MOU for 2016-2020 vaccine procurement will sustain universal immunization coverage in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, 28 August 2015 – The Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for procurement of life saving vaccines for over 40 million US dollars.
Schools in Kyrgyzstan aim to make hand washing a daily routine for every child
MIHAILOVKA, Kyrgyzstan, 23 August 2015 - Seven year-old Sasha Sidorov in a remote village called Mihailovka in Kyrgyzstan began school by washing his hands.
UNICEF supports children fleeing violence and on the move in Europe
GENEVA/SKOPJE, 25 August 2015 - UNICEF has established a child-friendly space with a mobile team near the border with Greece to provide much needed support to women and children on the move through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Life-saving HIV treatment for adults and children arrives in Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 17 August 2015 – The first consignment of vital antiretroviral medications for adults and children living with HIV in conflict-affected zones in eastern Ukraine arrived by air in Ukraine today. Further consignments will follow shortly.
Basketball Federation of Serbia supports UNICEF and the "Stop Digital Bullying" initiative
BELGRADE, 13 August 2015 - The Basketball Federation of Serbia gave its support to the Stop Digital Bullying project, initiated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, UNICEF and Telenor.
Breastfeeding at work - make it work!
CHISINAU, 7 August 2015 - Exclusive breastfeeding is the best way to offer the newborn adequate nutrition for health and development. The 2015 slogan of the event suggested the support for women who want to breastfeed and work.
Only 1 in 4 internally displaced infants is exclusively breastfed in Ukraine
KYIV, 5 August 2015 – Only 1 in 4 internally displaced infants under the age of six months is exclusively breastfed in Ukraine.
UNICEF Armenia announces media contest on child health and nutrition
YEREVAN, 1 August 2015 - UNICEF Armenia and World Vision Armenia are pleased to announce a media contest on child health, child nutrition and child care related issues.
Strengthening breastfeeding for preterm babies
ZAGREB, 29 July 2015 – Every year 2,200 preterm babies are born in Croatia, and about 15 million worldwide. Premature birth is one of the leading causes of infant mortality. Breastfeeding and contact between preterm babies and parents save 450,000 lives.
Enduring conflict and displacement, Marina learns best way to nurse her child
UKRAINE, 28 July 2015 - Bright bluebells have sprung up at the gate of this former children’s camp, which now accommodates internally displaced people. Marina* comes running out to meet us wearing a light jacket around her shoulders.
For Irina and her children, hardship continues after escape from home on the frontline
DONETSK, Ukraine, 27 July 2015 - Irina (34) remembers the day the soldiers came and told her family to evacuate from their house in Staromikhailovka, a small town in eastern Ukraine. ‘Our home was my pride and joy’, Irina recalls with a smile.
UNICEF balloon Flying High for Kids over the capital of Belarus
MINSK, 20 July 2015 – The UNICEF Balloon sailed into the Minsk sky to emphasize that all children have the same rights and opportunities.
The new Juvenile Justice Code – a significant step towards a modern and child-friendly justice system
TBILISI, 17 July 2015 - The new Juvenile Justice Code, developed by the Ministry of Justice with support of UNICEF and EU funding, brings the juvenile justice system into compliance with international standards. The Code will come into force in 2016.
Croatia: Proven way to halve violence among children in schools
ZAGREB, 15 July 2015 - The programme For a Safe and Enabling Environment in Schools (SEES) has been developed and successfully implemented in primary schools throughout Croatia for more than a decade.
Up to 1.3 million people in eastern Ukraine have little or no access to water: UNICEF
GENEVA/KYIV, 14 July 2015 – Up to 1.3 million children and adults are facing a serious water crisis, due to damaged or destroyed water lines and acute water shortages, as the ongoing violence continues in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.
Bosnia and Herzegovina presents its Action Plan for Children 2015 - 2018
SARAJEVO, 9 July 2015 – Sarajevo hosted a presentation of the "Action Plan for the Children of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015 – 2018," which was drafted with the support of UNICEF and adopted by the Council of Ministers at the beginning of June this year.
UN Youth Advisory Panel inaugurated in Belarus
MINSK, 8 July 2015 – In Belarus the ceremony of appointment of members of the UN Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP) took place.
Family of Eight: Finding a future in Eastern Ukraine
SVIATOHIRSK, Ukraine, 4 July 2015 - Nestled in the shadow of scenic Sviatohirsk Lavra – one of the holiest sites in Ukraine – sits a rectangular building, its edges square and its façade a fading white. Inside, the building houses over 800 IDPs.
Supporting the Syrian Children in Turkey
ANKARA, 3 July 2015 – The Government of Germany has donated two million Euros to UNICEF for the education of Syrian children in Turkey.
"Connecting" - More efficient work of Roma Health Mediators
Belgrade, 2 July 2015 The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, UNICEF Serbia, and Telenor expand their partnership with a view to improve the health and social status of Roma families.
Turkmenistan education, health and protection experts discuss early childhood education and care
ASHGABAT, 1 July 2015 — Early childhood development as the first and most critical phase of human growth was high on agenda of the meeting organized by the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF.
UNICEF, WHO: Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people undermining health improvements
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 June 2015 – Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn WHO and UNICEF in a report tracking access to drinking water and sanitation.
Millions of world’s poorest children left behind despite global progress, new UNICEF report says
NEW YORK, 23 June 2015 – The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged in its new 15-year development roadmap, UNICEF warned today.
Turkmenistan launches a household survey to monitor the situation of children and women
ASHGABAT, 22 June 2015 — The Government of Turkmenistan in partnership with UNICEF have launched the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 5) to collect and analyse internationally comparable data to monitor the situation of children and women.
City of Belgrade and UNICEF sign a Memorandum of Understanding
Belgrade, 19 June 2015 – Mayor of the City of Belgrade, Mr Sinisa Mali, and UNICEF Serbia Representative Michel Saint-Lot signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promoting the exercise of child rights in Belgrade.
Dragan, the only child in the village: “I play with dogs, chicken and cats”
Tiškovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18 June 2015 - Dragan Vladušić is a four-year-old boy and he is the only child in the village of Tiškovac, which is located in the border area between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
Children under threat from renewed violence in eastern Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 12 June 2015 – At least 68 children are reported to have been killed and 180 injured since March last year as a result of conflict in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.
Children urge world leaders to include them in push on water, sanitation and hygiene
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 10 June 2015 – In their Call to Action, 60 children from 12 countries attending the two-day conference urged world leaders to listen to their views on what they considered their most pressing issues.
Safe Sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Every Child, says UNICEF
DUSHANBE, 6 June 2015 – Millions of children globally are now accessing water from improved sources with significant achievements towards realising the Millennium Development Goals.
In eastern Ukraine, mobile psychologists bring relief to children
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine, 4 June 2015 – In early 2015, the town of Debaltseve, positioned strategically in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, became a locus of conflict. After several weeks of fighting, the town was no longer government-controlled.
Media advisory: Children’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Forum in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 4 June 2015 - Media advisory for the Children’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Forum: Every Child, Everywhere – Universal Access to Safe Sustainable WASH in Tajikistan (6-8 June 2015)
Child victims of violence rarely have access to justice: UNICEF
BRUSSELS, 3 June 2015 — Most child victims of violence in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia find themselves unable to speak up and file charges in court, according to a new UNICEF regional report launched here today.
Baku 2015: Children and Sport without Borders & Prejudice
ASHGABAT, 28 April 2017 – In cooperation with UNICEF, the Ministry of Education tapped into international expertise in disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DRR) provided by an international NGO Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund in Georgia (ASB).
UNICEF welcomes young torchbearer ahead of first European Games in Azerbaijan
BAKU, 1 June 2015 - Today, on International Children’s Day in Azerbaijan, Aysun Aliyeva, a young torchbearer nominated by UNICEF, will carry the torch of the Baku 2015 European Games in a ceremony in the country’s northern district capital of Guba.
On International Child Protection Day, Turkmenistan commits to strengthening mother and child health
ASHGABAT, 1 June 2015 - At a conference led by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry on the occasion of the International Child Protection Day, UNICEF called the Government of Turkmenistan to fulfil the recent recommendations of the CRC.
Croatia: Launching national consultations for the introduction of child well-being indicators
ZAGREB, 29 May 2015 – The Croatian Council for Children, with UNICEF's support, today launched consultations for the definition and adoption of national indicators of child well-being.
Child Rights Toolkit launched in Belarus by UNICEF and the European Union
MINSK, 27 May 2015 – UNICEF and the EU launched the innovative “Child Rights Toolkit: Integrating child rights in development cooperation”, providing practical guidance on a rights-based, child-focused approach to programming, budgeting and policy-making.
Pre-school aged children to learn respect for diversity in kindergarten
SKOPJE, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 24 May 2015 - Representatives from all kindergartens in the country, UNICEF and partners today presented the results of the initiative “Mainstreaming respect for diversity in early childhood development".
Study on investing in early childhood education in Montenegro presented in Rozaje
ROZAJE, Montenegro, 20 MAY, 2015 – Long-term investments in the early education are crucial for the individual and social development, it was concluded during the presentation of the Study on investing in early childhood education in Rozaje.
Ballet promotes Preschool for All in the North of Montenegro
BERANE/ANDRIJEVICA, Montenegro, 15 May 2015 - Berane and Andrijevica, as the towns in the north of the country with the lowest pre-school enrollment rates, hosted the artistic and educational events for children and parents.
Children, a year after the floods
SAMAC, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18 May 2015 - Back in May 2014, during our visit to the Kindergarten 'Joy' (Radost) in Samac – the joy was the least to be found there.
Put migrant children’s rights on EU agenda, urges UNICEF
BRUSSELS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 May 2015 - On the eve of the adoption of the EU Migration Agenda, UNICEF is calling for the rights and wellbeing of migrant children to be at the heart of Europe’s immigration policy.
UNICEF in Turkey's Call for the 2015 Elections
ANKARA, 12 May 2015 - On the occasion of the June 2015 General Elections, UNICEF in Turkey is pleased to announce the launch of the “Vote for Children” campaign.
State mechanism to support children on the streets established, but more efforts needed to strengthen families
TBILISI, 7 May 2015 - More than 400 children and their families in Tbilisi and Kutaisi have been supported by the EU funded project to help children living and working on the streets with the ultimate goal of their reintegration into the society.
EU and UNICEF assist 46,000 conflict-affected children in eastern Ukraine
KYIV, 7 May 2015 – Safe drinking water has been provided to over 42,000 people in government-controlled areas and 3,300 people in non-government-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions in a UNICEF project funded by ECHO.
Halid’s story: A young man from Syria living in a tent city shapes copper wires into his future
SURUC, Turkey, April 2015 – Some people become artists after finishing art schools or conservatories while some are just born that way. Halid from Kobane is the latter.
Syrian teachers welcome UNICEF incentive initiative
KAHRAMANMARAŞ, Turkey, April 2015 – “It was like a festival,” says Raid Ramadan, a Syrian teacher now teaching Syrian refugees in Turkey. He is referring to the day when he and his colleagues drew out their first payments under a new incentive scheme.
Nearly 1 million children require urgent humanitarian assistance after Nepal earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal/NEW YORK, 26 April 2015 – At least 940,000 children living in areas severely affected by yesterday's earthquake in Nepal are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, says UNICEF.
Turkmenistan reinforces commitment to immunize its children
ASHGABAT, 24 April 2015 — Turkmenistan families will be more knowledgeable about benefits of immunization for children through the media campaign carried out this month to mark the 10th anniversary of the European Immunization Week (EIW).
Journalists in Gori, Batumi, and Telavi discuss reporting on children
GORI, Georgia, 18 April 2015 - A seminar for journalists on ethical reporting on children was held in the Gori information centre centre within the joint project of the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and UNICEF.
UNICEF and EU mark milestone in support to Syrian children in Turkey
ANKARA, 15 April 2015 – The closing ceremony of the two-year “Increasing Resilience of Syrian Children under Temporary Protection in Turkey” Project was held in Ankara today.
UNICEF: Close the immunization gap for all children by including the most vulnerable
GENEVA, 20 April 2015 — UNICEF is calling on policy-makers, health care workers, parents and care-givers to immediately step up vaccination against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio across age groups at risk.
Young Syrian volunteers on the go at Child Friendly Spaces in the camps
HARRAN, Turkey, 09 April 2015 – UNICEF’s Child Friendly Spaces project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with AFAD and in cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent Society in all camps in Turkey.
International Roma Day: Equal education opportunities for every child!
TIRANA, 8 April 2015 - Motivated by the desire to provide her children with better opportunities in life, Fatime, a Roma woman, shows up at the premises of one of the municipal units in Tirana to have here daughters registered in a kindergarten.
A mobile team and day care centre launched in Kutaisi to support children living and working on the streets
KUTAISI, Georgia, 6 April 2015 - One mobile team and a day care/crises intervention centre are being launched in Kutaisi to address the needs of children working and living on the streets.
Lebap velayat authorities discuss the concluding observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
ASHGABAT, 3 April 2015 – The UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan, Ms Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, together with her team visited the Lebap velayat on 2 April.
UNICEF steps up life-saving education as mines devastate children’s lives in eastern Ukraine
KYIV/GENEVA 3 March 2015 — It started as just another day of boys’ play. ‘I was with my friends at a quarry that is used as a shooting range; it was seven of us. We’ve played there many times before’, recalls Maksim* somberly, lying in a hospital bed.
Children killed and injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance in eastern Ukraine - UNICEF
KYIV/GENEVA, 31 March 2015 –At least 109 children are reported to have been injured and 42 killed by landmines and unexploded ordnance in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine since March last year, UNICEF said today.
Preschool education for all children in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 30 March 2015 - The strategic goal of the Montenegrin educational system is the inclusion of all children aged 3 to 6 in some form of preschool programs by 2020.
UNICEF aids conflict-affected children in hard-to-reach Luhansk, Debaltseve
KYIV, 26 March 2015 – UNICEF this week succeeded in reaching some of eastern Ukraine’s most vulnerable and needy children with supplies of water, warm clothes, and essential hygiene supplies.
Turkmenistan starts implementing recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
ASHGABAT, 24 March 2015 – The Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF initiated the first dialogue on implementing the concluding observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC Committee).
New education centre for Syrian children in Nizip
NİZİP/GAZİANTEP, 18 March 2015 – A new education centre for Syrian children officially opened in Gaziantep, Nizip today. The UNICEF-supported education centre was built in partnership with AFAD, and the Ministry of National Education.
Teaming up sub-regionally for life-altering changes for premature babies
ZAGREB, 20 March 2015 - More than 70 specialists in neonatal intensive care from Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina teamed up today during a two-day training course on “Promotion of breast-feeding in neonatal intensive care units“.
World Water Day: Nearly 750 million people still without adequate drinking water – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 March 2015 – Access to drinking water has been one of the biggest successes of the Millennium Development Goals, UNICEF said ahead of World Water Day.
Flying High for Kids UNICEF-branded balloon is in Turkey
ANKARA, 17 March 2015– A UNICEF branded hot air balloon was inflated today in Ankara with the participation of more than 100 children including children with disabilities.
UNICEF and Baku 2015 European Games launch collaboration to harness the power of sport for all children
BAKU/GENEVA, 16 March 2015 - UNICEF and the Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee have announced a world-first collaboration that seeks to enrich the lives of young people in Azerbaijan.
UNICEF’s Marie-Pierre Poirier: ‘No matter what, children should not bear the heavy cost of conflict in Ukraine’
KYIV, 14 March 2015 – Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, completed her assessment of the situation of children and families affected by the conflict in Ukraine.
Young Syrian volunteers on the go at Child Friendly Spaces in the camps
HARRAN, Turkey, 13 March 2015 – UNICEF’s Child Friendly Spaces project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with AFAD and in cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent Society in all camps in Turkey.
Kyrgyzstan: School children in Batken district learn and apply everyday safety skills
BATKEN, 14 March 2015 - The day was very overcast. Aldayar with his father herded cattle in the mountains, because it was their turn to graze it. In the afternoon a heavy rain started, the ground began to turn into a liquid mass.
Turkmenistan - Resilient children, safe communities
TURKMENABAT, 14 March 2015 — “If you want to go sightseeing in our city of Turkmenabat, please visit the Amul castle,” said Kamila (16), a student at School 29 in Turkmenabat, the biggest school in Lebap region, eastern Turkmenistan.
What future for the children of Syria? - Op-ed by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 12 March 2015 - This month, the conflict in Syria enters its fifth brutal year. It is an appalling milestone - marking four years of escalating violence and suffering with no resolution in sight.
14 million children impacted by conflict in Syria and Iraq: UNICEF
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 12 March 2015 – Some 14 million children across the region are now suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping Syria and much of Iraq, said UNICEF today.
A child's right to a family life promoted in Herceg Novi
HERCEG NOVI, Montenegro, 2 March 2015 – UNICEF and Montenegro's authorities repeated their commitment to achieving an important goal of abandoning the practice of placing in institutions children without parental care under the age of three.
Quality education for every child in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 24 February 2015 – UNICEF Montenegro hosted a conference entitled "Quality Education - Improving the Quality Assurance System" organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Education Bureau and the British Council.
Ukraine: United Nations delivers 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk
GENEVA/KYIV, 19 February 2015 – The United Nations delivered 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk today.
Decide Now, Donate Regularly
BELGRADE, 19 February 2015 - UNICEF and the Association of Serbian Banks have enabled the citizens of Serbia to activate the Direct Debit service, free of charge, and to make monthly donations, without commission, in the amount of their choice.
UNAIDS, UNICEF and partners launch All In campaign to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents
NAIROBI/KYIV, 17 February 2015—While major advances have been made in almost every area of the response to HIV, progress for adolescents is falling behind, said leaders in the global response to end the AIDS epidemic.
RECI+ report in Croatia: Only 20 per cent of Roma children in preschool education
ZAGREB, 17 February 2015 - According to the latest RECI+ report by the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences in cooperation with the OSF, UNICEF and the Roma Education Fund (REF), only 20 per cent of Roma children are included in preschool education.
Montenegro marks the International Childhood Cancer Day
PODGORICA, 16 February 2015 - Marking the International Childhood Cancer Day, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health emphasized that no child or family should cope alone with the cancer.
More brutal and intense conflicts leave children increasingly at risk of recruitment
NEW YORK, 12 February 2015 – Children are increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups as conflicts around the world become more brutal, intense and widespread, UNICEF said today to mark the Int. Day against the Use of Child Soldiers.
UNICEF Serbia is helping to keep families with children warm this winter
LAZAREVAC, Serbia, 10 February 2015 - Last year Serbia was faced with the worst floods in more than a century. An estimated 1.2 million people, including some 210,000 children, were affected by the floods. 32,000 people were evacuated from their homes.
UNICEF and David Beckham launch ‘7’ – a new fund for children in danger across globe
LONDON, 9 February 2015 – David Beckham and UNICEF are today launching a groundbreaking initiative, 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, to protect millions of children around the world from danger.
UNICEF Statement on the approval of the revised social protection system by the Government of Georgia
TBILISI, 4 February 2015 - UNICEF welcomes the approval of the revised Targeted Social Assistance (TSA) System by the Government of Georgia.
Turkmenistan government and civil society reflect on promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities
ASHGABAT, 30 January 2015 – The Interministerial Commission on Turkmenistan’s implementation of the international human rights obligations and humanitarian law, civil society organizations and the UN met to discuss the rights of persons with disabilities.
Violence against children campaign enhanced by advocacy and fundraising telethon in Bulgaria
SOFIA, 28 January 2015 - In line with UNICEF’s global initiative #ENDviolence against children, the Country Office in Bulgaria successfully implemented an integrated advocacy, social mobilization and fundraising campaign.
UNICEF launches US$3.1 billion appeal to reach more children in emergencies
GENEVA, 29 January 2015 - UNICEF is launching a US$3.1 billion appeal – its largest ever – to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide – a US$1 billion jump in funding needs since last year’s appeal.
UNICEF provides winter clothing for children of Syria
SURUC, Turkey, 26 January 2015 - Winter conditions in Turkey, threatening the wellbeing of Syrian children, yet fortunately in camp settings children receive support from the Turkish Government, UNICEF and other UN agencies.
Over 1,000 children in bomb shelters in Ukraine urgently need help: UNICEF
GENEVA/KYIV/NEW YORK, 27 January 2015 – Over 1,000 children have been forced to seek refuge in underground bomb shelters in Donetsk city due to ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.
Poorest students receive up to 18 times less public education resources than the wealthiest, says UNICEF
DAVOS, 22 January 2015 – In many countries around the world, significantly less public resources are used to educate children in the poorest 20 per cent of society than their counterparts in the most affluent 20 per cent, according to a new report issued
Draft Juvenile Justice Code emphasizes specialization of professionals and use of detention as a last resort
TBILISI, 20 January, 2015. The draft Juvenile Justice Code was presented today by the Ministry of Justice at the Criminal Justice Reform Inter-Agency Coordination Council to launch public discussion on the draft Law before it goes to the Parliament.
EU and UNICEF reinforce their commitment to improve juvenile justice in Azerbaijan
BAKU, January 21, 2015 – Today the European Union and UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of Azerbaijan and the Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman), jointly launched the Promoting Access to Justice for Children in Azerbaijan project.
Put children at heart of global agenda, UNICEF challenges Davos
DAVOS, 20 January 2015 – On the eve of the World Economic Forum, UNICEF outlined an ambitious ‘Agenda for Every Child’ that it says must drive the post-2015 sustainable development goals.
Shakira and Gerard Piqué host World Baby Shower to support UNICEF’s work for children
NEW YORK/BARCELONA, 19 January 2015 – Singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, are celebrating the imminent arrival of their second child with a World Baby Shower.
Adolescents twice as likely to be out of school as children of primary school age, say UNESCO and UNICEF
LONDON, 19 January 2015 – Around 63 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years old are denied their right to an education, according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF which was released today.
Building Child Resilience at the heart of new UNICEF and ECHO Agreement
ALMATY/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 16 January 2015 - UNICEF and ECHO signed a new partnership agreement to further advance disaster risk reduction (DRR) in countries prone to natural disasters in the Central Asia and South Caucasus region.
Snow is not fun for the children of Syria
ANKARA, 15 January 2015 - What comes to your mind when you think of winter? Making a snowman, the fun of playing with snow balls, hot coffee, chestnut, polar fleece blankets, colourful wool gloves…
Turkmenistan will continue building children’s resilience to emergencies
ASHGABAT, 15 January 2015 – Turkmenistan’s children will be better prepared to survive the natural and man-made disasters under the second phase of the “Disaster Risk Reduction in Education” (DRR) initiative, launched recently by UNICEF in partnership wit
“Digging a well with a needle” to make children smile and accomplish
TURKMENABAD, Turkmenistan, 14 January 2015 - Ever-active Arzuw is running around the playroom curiously exploring learning activities and demanding interaction with children and adults.
Highlights of Turkmenistan’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
ASHGABAT, 14 January 2015 - Turkmenistan ratified the CRC 20 years ago and has achieved gains in promoting children’s rights since then.
UNICEF and partners react to harsh winter conditions in support of Syrian refugees
ANKARA, 9 January 2015 - Winter conditions in Turkey are getting worse, threatening the wellbeing of Syrian children, yet fortunately in camp settings children receive support from the Turkish Government, UNICEF and other UN agencies.